October 7th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain adviser joins Haley campaign

(CNN) - A veteran Republican strategist who helped engineer John McCain's South Carolina presidential primary victory in 2008 has joined Nikki Haley's gubernatorial campaign as a senior adviser.

Trey Walker, who also advised McCain's unsuccessful 2000 bid, has signed on with the Republican to assist with communications efforts.

Walker is also a longtime aide to Attorney General Henry McMaster and worked for him during the state's contentious GOP primary fight earlier this year. McMaster went on to endorse Haley and became one of her top supporters.

"Nikki Haley's election as governor will be a transformative moment for South Carolina and the cause of conservative, accountable government," Walker told CNN. "I'm honored to play a role in the home stretch."

Haley's opponent in the South Carolina race is Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheehen.

The staffing move comes as people close to both campaigns acknowledge to CNN that the race has tightened in recent weeks, perhaps approaching a single-digit margin.

The trend is due in part to Sheehen's television ads, which have raised the profile of the relatively little known lawmaker while also raising questions about Haley's self-styled reputation as a reformer.

Filed under: 2010 • Nikki Haley • South Carolina • Vincent Sheheen
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. stufthis

    That ought to be the kiss of death for Haley's campaign.

    October 7, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. u2canfail

    Perhaps Mr. Walker can do as good of job for Hayley as he did for McCain. The GOP thinks he won. Sanford was such a wonderful Governor in South Carolina.

    October 7, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. PalmReader

    While I have my doubts that anyone associated with McCain's presidential bid can be considered *top-gun* quality, I am surprised that the race has tightened up to the point that Haley needs national support. I thought her bid for Governor was being considered a given these past months?

    So much for the strong Republican GOP /Tea Party being touted as a grass-roots tidal wave of real Americans taking back America. Considering that the Tea Party has twice now had to cancel their convention for lack of interest, I image most Americans are finally wakening up to the facts . . . and aren't liking what they see coming from the right.

    October 7, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. ED FL

    Oh Oh looks like the GOP 's Oldest alley cat has his eyes on another potential victim of the opposite sex. same old GOP pattern try to become the cowboy with the Wjite hat to prey on inexperienced target, send out the scouts to gain entry . It will end like Gingrich and Guilliani the other old GOP coots eyes are bigger than abilities.

    October 7, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. 26 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Haley will win this easily. DemocRATS are extinct in South Carolina. Hopefully even more so after November 2. Our survival depends on it.

    October 7, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    "Trey Walker, who also advised McCain's unsuccessful 2000 bid, has signed on with the Republican to assist with communications efforts."

    How does a person go about getting one of these "advisor" jobs?
    It seems to be the ONLY field of employment that I know of, where you can be a colossal failure, and still get hired AGAIN!

    October 7, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. BobRoss

    This could be a very close race... I know many Republicans who are wary to vote for another scandal ridden governor.

    October 7, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |